22 May 2010

A kind American priest ...

... has very graciously sent me some extremely interesting books; most of which bear the autograph (and annotations) of a Fr J B O'Connell ... a name which seems familiar ... whose reactions to emerging 'reforms' from the 1940s to the 1960s one could trace. (Tucked inside one of them was a 1946 envelope, with rough notes on the back, from 'Great Southern Hotels'; the Irish Hotel group which includes Parknasilla, where G B Shaw wrote plays and my family played golf while I read and watched the otters and kingfishers on a then-secluded ruined quay ... it's a small world ...). One volume bears a stamp of ICEL in its earliest days; it is Mary Pierre Ellebracht's highly erudite and useful Remarks on the Vocabulary of the ancient Orations in the Missale Romanum of 1964. Other volumes include papers on Latinity by the ever-great, ever-admirable Christine Mohrmann.

There must be material for posts in all this ... thank you very much, father.

3 comments:

Anthony Jordan said...
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Anthony Jordan said...

Father, would this be the same John Berthram O'Connell, well-know rubricist, editor of "Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described" after the passing of Father Adrian Fortescue, author of "The Celebration of Mass" amongst many other works, and sometime priest of the Achdiocese of Cardiff?

Anthony Jordan said...

I venture to correct myself; Fr O'Connell was a priest of the diocese of Menevia, I find. His anniversary, should any kind soul wish to observe it, is 2 December
(1977.) May he rest in peace.